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March 29th Playbook

Good Tuesday morning. Hoodie or Blue Blazer? YouTube vs. the GOP; Bridges in need of repair. Bill to ban transgender women from female sports. Field is set for PA races. Here is the Playbook.

PA Weather
Hermitage | Sunny, 41
Huntingdon | Sunny, 44
Horsham | Sunny, 42

PA Sports
76ers | tonight vs. Milwaukee
Flyers | tonight at Minnesota
Penguins | tonight vs. NY Rangers


PA Governor Race: YouTube Pulls Video of GOP Governor Forum: In a turn of events, YouTube has taken down the recorded livestream video of last Thursday’s Pennsylvania Family Institute Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Forum at Cairn University in Langhorne.

  • Times-Tribune: Barletta touts illegal immigration stance during Luzerne County stump speech for governor campaign

PA Senate Race: Democrats’ Choice for Senate: Hoodie or Blue Blazer: John Fetterman, Conor Lamb and Malcolm Kenyatta are pretty close to one another when it comes to policy. When it comes to appearance, well, that’s another story.

  • City & State PA: Endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race keep stacking up.
  • Times-Tribune: Senate candidate visits Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center
  • NBC10: George Bochetto Says PA Issues Are Fueling His Run for U.S. Senate
  • My Chesco: Everett Stern to Run as Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator From Pennsylvania

Allegheny Dems Back Irwin, Deluzio for House: It was a good day for Steve Irwin and Chris Deluzio, while not as good for Summer Lee, Jessica Benham and Emily Kinkead as the Allegheny County Democratic Committee got together for its annual endorsement meeting on Sunday.

‘Pa. Republicans eye greater control over redistricting in response to new political maps’: Spotlight PA reports that “Pennsylvania Republicans are moving to change how the state’s political maps are drawn after a redistricting cycle that could potentially diminish their party’s power in Harrisburg.”

‘Republicans outraise Democrats by 29% in Pennsylvania Senate races’: The Center Square reports that “overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $4.25 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $5.71 million.”

‘Millions in Pennsylvania House lawmakers’ expenses would be accessible online under new bill’: The Caucus reports that “legislation introduced in the Pennsylvania House this week would require the public posting of representatives’ expenses, a development coming just days after The Caucus reported that House leaders were not actively preparing to follow their Senate colleagues in giving the public more access to lawmaker’s spending on themselves.”

‘Pennsylvania’s legislative battlefield takes shape as state House, Senate candidates file for primary’: PennLive reports that “the battlefield is taking shape for majority control of Pennsylvania’s legislature in the 2023-24 session, and so far Republicans are starting with some baked-in leads in both chambers.”

‘Conor Lamb, Summer Lee get endorsements from major Pittsburgh Democratic group’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the country’s oldest independent Democratic club — recognized immediately by Democrats in the East End for its distinctive yellow slate cards in the lead-up to big elections — endorsed U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb for U.S. Senate and state Rep. Summer Lee for the U.S. House over the weekend.”

‘Democratic congressional candidate Chris Deluzio nabs labor endorsements in 17th District’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “Democratic congressional candidate Chris Deluzio said he has solidified labor support with several key endorsements in Pennsylvania’s 17th District race.”

‘Part of Pennsylvania’s persistent Unemployment Compensation backlog? Not enough workers’: WESA reports that “more than two years after the first pandemic-related business shutdowns, a huge backlog of cases continues to plague Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system.”

‘Pa.’s most traveled ‘structurally deficient’ bridge? Report reveals answer, where Keystone State ranks in bridges needing repair’: PennLive reports that “according to a recent report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, nearly 3,200 bridges in the state are currently considered to be in “poor condition.” That is reportedly about 14-percent of the state’s bridges, which is also about double the national average for bridges in each state in need of repair.”

‘Allegheny County Democrats will be playing defense as petitions are filed for state legislative races’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “as the deadline to file nominating petitions passed on Monday for state legislative races, a few trends emerged for those who sifted through the dozens of candidates in Allegheny County.”

‘Groups criticize state auditor general’s decision to transfer school review duties’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “financial reviews of school systems released by the state auditor general’s office last month revealed fairly typical yet important findings about discrepancies that districts had while spending taxpayer dollars.”

‘Transportation Committee To Vote On E-ZPass Transparency Bill’: KDKA reports that “a major meeting is set to get underway today in Harrisburg pertaining to tolls along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.”

‘Pa. State Legislators Pushing For Whole Milk In School Cafeterias’: KDKA reports that “state House members will vote this week on whether or not to get whole milk back into Pennsylvania school cafeterias.”

‘Pennsylvania House Committee To Vote On Bill To Ban Transgender Women From Female Sports’: KDKA reports that “a bill to ban transgender women in Pennsylvania from playing on women’s sports teams is up for a vote in the state House Education Committee in Harrisburg on Tuesday.”

‘Energy industry tells lawmakers natural gas vital to Pa., U.S.’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “representatives from the state’s oil, gas and manufacturing industries told a Pennsylvania House of Representatives hearing that expansion of energy production was critical to keeping the United States free from foreign entanglements and pressure caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well as the Covid-19 pandemic.”

‘Students rally in support of state help for campus hunger’: PennLive reports that “students from across Pennsylvania rallied in Harrisburg on Monday to push the state legislature to address the growing concern over hunger on college and university campuses.”

‘Applications for free aid to pay for college down 10% in Pa.’: PennLive reports that “officials from the state’s student financial aid agency report the number of students who have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form is down 10%.”

‘Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers advance energy bills amid concern over prices, Russia-Ukraine war’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “with the Russia-Ukraine war and soaring gasolines prices as the backdrop, a Republican-led House committee on Monday advanced a slew of energy-related proposals in the face of Democratic opposition.”

‘Pennsylvania lawmakers want to create a state fund for low-income home repairs’: Philly Voice reports that “some homeowners grappling with costly home repairs could get some relief under the Whole-Home Repairs Act, a bipartisan effort led by state Sen. Nikil Saval, who represents portions of Philadelphia.”

‘More than a game: Booming sports gambling industry brings increased calls for help across Pennsylvania’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “in Pennsylvania, thousands of people each year seek help for gambling addiction through the multistate hotline. The number has continued to increase since the legalization of internet gambling and sports betting, said Josh Ercole, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania.”

‘Rep. Conor Lamb speaks about federal funding projects for 17th District’: The Beaver County Times reports that “he spoke Monday at the former Coraopolis Train Station to discuss the nine projects that were chosen for the fiscal year 2022 federal funding, which totaled $4.2 million.”

‘Pa. trade association, LeadingAge PA names new CEO’: PennLive reports that “Garry Pezzano was named the association’s new president and CEO. Pezzano previously served more than 10 years in executive roles within Genesis Healthcare and Genesis Rehabilitation Services, most recently as senior vice president of clinical practice.”

Legislative Election Updates

‘Cutler, Aument draw challengers in GOP primary’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “two Republican lawmakers from Lancaster County appear set to face primary contests from challengers who believe elected Republicans in the Legislature failed to do enough to overturn the 2020 election in favor of former President Donald Trump.”

‘Former Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson to seek state House seat’: PennLive reports that “Thompson filed papers with the Pennsylvania Department of State Monday to seek the Democratic nomination for the newly-redrawn 103rd District seat in the state House of Representatives, putting her in a three-way primary field with incumbent Rep. Patty Kim and challenger Heather MacDonald, a candidate from the West Shore portion of the new district.”

‘Baker has GOP primary challenger for 20th Senate District’: The Citizens Voice reports that “state Sen. Lisa Baker has a Republican challenger in the May 17 primary election.”

‘Williams and Ryncavage running in GOP primary for 119th District’: The Citizens Voice reports that “former WNEP-TV news anchor Tom Williams and Plymouth Councilman Alec Ryncavage filed as Republican candidates for the 119th state House District.”

‘5 Republicans running for Boback seat’: The Citizens Voice reports that “with state Rep. Karen Boback declining to seek another term in office this year, five Republicans filed to run in the May 17 primary election.”

‘Here are the candidates running in Pennsylvania’s primary for state representative and Senate seats’: The Allentown Morning Call provides “a list of candidates for districts in the Lehigh Valley area who filed by the deadline, listed in the order decided by the Pennsylvania State Department.”

‘State rep, Senate seats top primary ballot in Lackawanna County’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “races for two open state representative seats and a Senate seat new to Lackawanna County will highlight the county’s May 17 primary election ballot.”

‘Former WNEP anchor to announce candidacy in 119th Legislative District’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “former WNEP morning anchor Tom Williams Tuesday will announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 119th Legislative District.”

‘Retired teacher running for Pennsylvania House seat’: The Reading Eagle reports that “Barry Llewellyn is seeking the Republican nomination for the 129th District.”

‘State Rep. Jeanne McNeill announces intent to run for re-election’: WFMZ reports that  “state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, has announced her intent to seek a third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.”

Regional Spotlight: Central
PennLive: Truckers protest hinders morning rush-hour traffic in Harrisburg 
PennLive: Harrisburg mayor savors week of good news with award, new grandson
PennLive: Council fires public safety director in Dauphin County after DUI arrest
LNP | LancasterOnline: Manheim Twp. commissioners approve 96 apartments at former Lancaster Malleable site
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County DA’s Human Trafficking Task Force focusing on helping victims, targeting sex buyers

Mark S. Singel: More Republicans need to get off the Trump Train
Earl Baker: The Biden administration should lift regulations on oil and gas production 
Joseph Minott: Carbon credit opponents play cynical games with dangerous costs
John L. Micek: Report: New teachers are earning 11% less than 30 years ago | Monday Morning Coffee
Inquirer Editorial Board: Republicans in Harrisburg are using Ukraine to promote a climate-denialist agenda 
Inquirer Editorial Board: How Philly police spend their money is just as important as how much they get 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Riverfront plan would make Pittsburgh a gem
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: School District of Lancaster needs to communicate even more about the realignment of school attendance boundaries
James Largay: The problem with ‘cognitive dissonance’ and governing
Tony Norman: Straight Outta West Philly
David Shribman: Starting wars is easy; the challenge lies in ending them
Jenice Armstrong: Don’t call Will Smith’s Oscar night assault ‘a Philly thing’

5 Responses

  1. Barletta is honorable and well regard that is why voters should choose him for office. Remind me again despicable dumb-o-crat is running? Barletta has been the best person for decades now.

  2. Barletta touts his hatred of immigrants as why voters should choose him for office. Remind me again which Native American tribe his people came from. Barletta has been on this racist rant for decades now.

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